Jeep Patriot: Chronicling the Changes

The Jeep Patriot is a compact crossover sport utility vehicle and is similar to the Jeep Compass. Both models are based on the platform underpinning the Dodge Caliber. With available all-wheel drive, the Patriot offers a more off-road-worthy option than the standard Compass. Both models were popular sellers, but the Patriot was dropped after 11 years in 2017 as Jeep made way for the second-generation Compass.

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Chronicling the Changes

2017 – No changes this year as Jeep prepares to end the Patriot line.

2016 – Jeep drops the Limited trim. Satellite radio and Bluetooth are now standard equipment. Automatic climate control and a rearview camera are available.

2015 — No major changes this year.

2014 – Front side airbags are now standard. Also, a 6-speed automatic transmission becomes optional with both engine choices.

2013 – No major changes this year.

2012 — The optional CVT receives adjustments this year for improved operation.

2011 — A refreshed exterior, an improved interior, and standard cruise control chart the Patriot’s changes this model year. New steering and suspension hardware, an increased ride height for four-wheel drive models, and available 17-inch alloy wheels round out the changes.

2010 — The base engine can now be paired with a 5-speed manual transmission.

2009 — The 2009 Patriot gains additional sound insulation and a new center console. A multimedia integration system is now available.

2008 — For its second year, the Patriot receives minor changes, including standard air conditioning. A navigation system is available with the Limited edition.

2007 — Jeep debuts its smallest SUV yet with the 2007 Patriot and the similar Compass. Offered with standard front-wheel drive and a 5-speed manual transmission, the Patriot comes with either a 2.0- or 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. All-wheel drive and a continuously variable transmission are available. This model seats five, offers a car-like ride, and can pull up to 2,000 pounds when properly equipped.

First-Generation Jeep Patriot

The first-generation Jeep Patriot
The first and only generation Jeep Patriot

Jeep Patriot Considerations

Despite robust sales, Jeep canceled the Patriot in 2017. A replacement model was prepared, and Jeep went with the Compass name for the new line.

The Patriot (along with the first-generation Compass) supplies an affordable entryway to the Jeep brand. In 2015, the even smaller Jeep Renegade was added, further expanding the brand’s reach. Although we’re not huge fans of the trio, customers should find a decent number of competitively priced used models.
Besides the Compass, other models in the segment include the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, GMC Terrain, Subaru Forester, Kia Soul, Nissan Juke, Honda HR-V, and the Subaru Crosstrek.

See AlsoJeep Renegade: Chronicling the Changes

Photo Attribution

First-generation photo by IFCAR – Own work, Public Domain, Wikipedia.

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Matt Keegan is a journalist, media professional, and owner of this website. He has an extensive writing background and has covered the automotive sector continuously since 2004. When not driving and evaluating new vehicles, Matt enjoys spending his time outdoors.

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